#IAmHampasLupa: Promoting farming, mindful eating on social media

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Sustainable food production and consumption are crucial in reducing carbon footprint, thereby mitigating climate change

China bans North Korean iron, seafood imports

Aug 14, 2017 - 7:43 PM

Beijing had pledged to fully enforce the latest sanctions after the United States accused China of not doing enough to rein in its neighbor which relies heavily on the Asian giant for its economic survival

IMPORT BAN. In this file photo, the Chinese and North Korean flags are seen attached to a railing as trucks carrying Chinese-made goods cross into North Korea on the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge at the Chinese border town of Dandong on December 18, 2013. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Ross bags Best Player award, Rhodes wins Best Import

Jun 28, 2017 - 7:32 PM

UPDATED Chris Ross receives the plaque on Wednesday June 28 before Game 4 of the PBA Finals

#AnimatED: 'Unli-rice' and unlimited possibilities

Jun 19, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It is unrealistic for public officials to expect Filipinos to expand their diet when they have nothing else – except government supplied rice – to begin with

Did Evasco compel Jason Aquino to toe the line?

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Will President Duterte changing his mind about rice importation mean he ll apologize for mistakenly firing Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez?

After criticisms, Villar clarifies she won't file bill vs unlimited rice

Jun 15, 2017 - 11:57 AM

I just voiced out my concern that eating too much rice is one of the main causes of high blood sugar that leads to diabetes Senator Cynthia Villar clarifies in a statement

UNLI RICE. Senator Cynthia Villar clarifies her earlier statement and says she will not file a bill seeking to ban the serving of unlimited rice in restaurants. File photo

NFA Council: 250k MT rice to be imported via private traders

Jun 13, 2017 - 6:55 PM

UPDATED The Council also introduces changes to the government to private importation scheme to guard against corruption

South Korea offers to fund Philippine infrastructure projects

Jun 07, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The Export Import Bank of Korea KEXIM offers concessional loans and a knowledge driven program that will enable South Korea to share its successes and failures to the Philippines

WELCOMED. Representatives of KEXIM met with Philippine government to discuss their proposed concessional loans for some Philippine public infrastructure deals. Rappler file photo

After Evasco, Go meeting, will NFA issue be resolved soon?

Apr 21, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Two of the President s most trusted men have a talk and make a show of friendship Does this mean the rice importation issue will be resolved soon?

DUTERTE'S TRUSTED. Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco and SAP Bong Go share a light moment at the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Security Briefing held at the Philippine Ports Authority Conference Room in Bohol on April 19, 2017. Presidential photo

Who is NFA chief Jason Aquino and why is he controversial?

Apr 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The Bureau of Customs published in 2015 a notice to warn the public against transacting with retired army major Jason Aquino one of a few dozen employees earlier accused in the media of colluding with smugglers

Think tank to Duterte: Allow rice importation, end NFA monopoly

Apr 11, 2017 - 7:42 PM

Neither allowing the National Food Authority to solely import rice nor stopping all rice imports is good for the Filipino consumer or the Filipino rice farmer says an economic policy think tank

RICE POLICY. President Rodrigo Duterte and Agriculture chief Manny Piñol check the quality of the rice harvested during the Grand Harvest Festival of SL Agritech Corporation in Nueva Ecija. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

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Duterte orders NFA to prioritize buying rice from PH farmers

Apr 10, 2017 - 8:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells NFA Administrator Jason Aquino who is pushing for government to government rice importation to buy from local farmers instead

LOCAL PRODUCE. President Rodrigo Duterte checks the quality of the hybrid rice harvested during the Grand Harvest Festival of SL Agritech Corporation at the Nagkakaisang Magsasaka Agricultural Primary Multipurpose Cooperative (NMAPMPC) Compound in Talavera, Nueva Ecija on April 5, 2017. Photo by Robinson Niñal/Presidential Photo

Dismissed Usec Valdez to Duterte: Probe 'NFA syndicate'

Apr 07, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The dismissed Palace undersecretary asks the President to take a second look at importation schemes proposed by NFA Administrator Jason Aquino an ex coup plotter

CONFLICT IN NFA. Dismissed Undersecretary Halmen Valdez insists she and her boss, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr, are working in the interest of Filipino farmers. File photo by Noel Celis / Agence France-Presse

China lifts ban on Brazilian meat imports – Brazil minister

Mar 25, 2017 - 11:15 PM

China will keep in place only its import restrictions on meat from 21 plants under investigation over the tainted meat scandal says Brazil s agriculture minister

UNDER SCRUTINY. View of meat and by-products for sale at a butcher's shop, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 20, 2017.  Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Old and new imports add flavor to 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup

Mar 16, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Meet each of the 12 team s reinforcements here

RETURNEES. (From L-R) Denzel Bowles, James White, and Eugene Phelps are just a few of the familiar faces in the roster of imports for the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup. File Photos from PBA Images

NFA head faces sanction for impeding rice importation orders – Evasco

Mar 05, 2017 - 12:18 PM

The National Food Authority council has decided to extend the rice importation through minimum access volume scheme from February 28 to March 31

File photo by AFP

Brownlee to be Ginebra's import for next two conferences

Mar 01, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Justin Brownlee will arrive in the Philippines on March 6

HE'S BACK. Justin Brownlee will play for Ginebra in the upcoming Commissioner's Cup and Governors' Cup conferences. File Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

China halts North Korea coal imports after missile test

Feb 18, 2017 - 9:55 PM

UPDATED China will temporarily stop its imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of this year says the commerce ministry in a statement

COAL. This picture taken on December 14, 2012 from China's northeastern city of Dandong, looking across the border, shows a North Korean military officer (R) and a North Korea man (L) standing behind a pile of coal along the banks of the Yalu River in the northeast of the North Korean border town of Siniuju. Wang Zhao/AFP

Customs warns thousands of importers with wrong addresses, numbers

Jan 18, 2017 - 1:29 PM

More than 3 000 importers may lose their accreditation if they fail to provide the Bureau of Customs with correct or updated office addresses and contact details

PH customs blacklists 71 brokers, importers

Jan 13, 2017 - 10:28 PM

Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon says the Bureau of Customs has a lot of house cleaning to do with about 11 000 brokers and importers more

PH exports fall by 7.5% in November 2016

Jan 10, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia expects a better year for exports in 2017 in anticipation of stronger trade ties with China and Russia

DAMPENING DEMAND. Demand for electronics exports decline from key markets. File photo Romeo Gacad/AFP.

PH stops import of 20,000 MT Chinese steel bars

Dec 13, 2016 - 5:49 PM

The Philippine Iron and Steel Institute s probe into the October 2013 earthquake in Cebu and Bohol shows substandard and uncertified steel bars from China were used

TRADE. A Chinese worker loads steel tubes onto a truck at a logistics center in Lianyungang in east China's Jiangsu province on November 8, 2016. Photo from stringer/AFP

Inflation rises to 2.5% in November

Dec 06, 2016 - 10:20 PM

The increase means the country s inflation rate is at its highest level since February 2015

PBA eyes invitational for Asian teams, removal of import handicapping

Nov 05, 2016 - 9:25 PM

In a bid to broaden its reach the Philippine Basketball Association is looking to hold an invitational tournament for top Asian teams for the 2016 2017 season

INVITATIONAL. The PBA is eyeing an invitational for top Asian teams to play in the league. Seen in the photo is Iranian guard Mohammad Jamshidi, who served as Meralco's Asian import during the 2016 Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

DOF expects October inflation at 2.5%

Oct 28, 2016 - 12:54 PM

Benign inflation will continue to support economic growth and steel the economy from external volatilities DOF Undersecretary Gil Beltran says

WITHIN RANGE. The expected uptick would peg the 10-month inflation rate at 1.6%, which is still below the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC)'s target range of 2% to 4% in 2016. Photo by Agence France-Presse

Customs: No taxes for certain shipments under P10,000

Oct 11, 2016 - 8:10 PM

This is good news for Filipinos who can now fully enjoy their small purchases from other countries says Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon

In this photo taken November 8, 2012, a crane stacks shipping containers at the international container port in Manila. Philippine exports rose by a surprising 22.8 percent in September, staging a recovery after the massive fall in the previous month, the government said on November 13. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO / AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

Guarding import Durham was a challenge Mercado couldn't refuse

Oct 10, 2016 - 9:17 PM

Ginebra s Sol Mercado credits his growth on defense to coach Tim Cone

DEFENSE. Sol Mercado (L) guards import Allen Durham in Game 2 of the PBA Finals. Photo from PBA Images

Castro wins 4th Best Player award, Durham is Best Import for 2016 Govs Cup

Oct 09, 2016 - 6:48 PM

Jayson Castro last won the award in the 2015 Commissioner s Cup when TNT won the title

Inflation rises to 2.3% in September

Oct 05, 2016 - 6:06 PM

The September figure – the highest recorded for the year so far – is still within the central bank s forecast of 1 6 to 2 4

After first pro experience in PBA, James White off to chase NBA dream

Sep 26, 2016 - 11:00 AM

James White leaves the PBA with a wiser gleam in his eyes

EMOTIONAL. Young import James White was emotional after Mahindra exited the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

PH trade down as exports, imports fall in July

Sep 11, 2016 - 6:50 PM

Total merchandise trade revenue falls to 11 4 billion as exports drop by 13 and imports decline by 1 7 according to NEDA

Obama to press China on steel at G20, Lew says

Sep 01, 2016 - 5:30 PM

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew: Excess capacity distorts markets and the environment harms our workers and runs counter to our efforts to achieve strong sustainable and balanced growth

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 31: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew speaks about his upcoming trip to China, at the Brookings Institute, on August 31, 2016 in Washington, DC. Secretary Lew will be traveling to later today to Hangzhou, China to attend the G20 Summit. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

DOF sets up website to consult public on BOC modernization law

Aug 29, 2016 - 3:30 PM

The Customs Modernization and Tariff Act is envisioned to transform how the Bureau of Customs is run

epa04900345 Filipino customs officers unload confiscated sugar from container vans at Port of Manila, Philippines, 27 August 2015. According to reports, the Filipino Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized more than 50 container vans with smuggled sugar in Manila. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

PH business confidence in Q3 hits record high despite dip from Q2

Aug 27, 2016 - 4:22 PM

Despite the dip from the previous quarter the confidence index for the third quarter is the highest ever recorded and is expected to rebound by end of the year according to the latest BSP Business Expectations Survey

PH imports rise by 15.4% in June 2016

Aug 25, 2016 - 5:49 PM

The Philippines tops major Asian economies for imports in the first half of 2016 says NEDA

Betting against the weather: PH imports 1M tons of rice and hopes it is enough

Aug 24, 2016 - 6:28 PM

Local rice output is down so far and government projections that it would rise in the second half of 2016 look misguided given recent weather patterns

Economists upbeat on PH prospects for 2nd half of 2016

Aug 21, 2016 - 8:50 PM

The Philippine economy is firing on all cylinders but economists say boosting spending is as critical as ever

EU hits China, Russia with steel anti-dumping duties

Aug 04, 2016 - 11:30 PM

The European Commission says it is reestablishing a level playing field between EU and foreign producers

Worker retouches steel alloy at the Liaoning Special Steel Group factory in northern China's Dalian city on Thursday, 27 November 2003. China's Premiere Wen Jiabao promises to raise the issue of Washington's steel tariffs, ruled illegal by the WTO, during his visit to the US next week. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Customs exec eyes online auction of seized goods

Jul 27, 2016 - 12:11 PM

Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Jessie Dellosa says he would propose the scheme to Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon

MODERNIZING. BOC hopes online public biddings will deter auction syndicates from illegal activities. File photo by Agence France-Presse/Jay Directo

PH imports up 39.3% in May 2016

Jul 26, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Among 11 selected Asian countries only the Philippines posted a double digit growth while other countries declined says NEDA

Ginebra import Brownlee battles cramps as he adjusts to PH

Jul 25, 2016 - 4:36 PM

Justin Brownlee plays limited minutes in his first game for Ginebra but comes up with 31 points and 13 rebounds despite suffering cramps

CRAMPS. Justin Brownlee, Ginebra's import, battles cramps in his first game for the team. Photo from PBA Images

Phoenix import Simmons rues 'worst game' of his life in loss to Rain or Shine

Jul 23, 2016 - 9:07 PM

Marcus Simmons tallies just 7 points in over 30 minutes

'I PLAYED LIKE SHIT.' Marcus Simmons, Phoenix's import, laments his poor performance against Rain or Shine. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

James White, Mahindra's rookie import, adjusts to life as go-to player

Jul 21, 2016 - 9:00 AM

White playing in his first pro stint out of college is learning to seize moments and take over as needed with the help of the Mahindra coaching staff

ROOKIE IMPORT. James White (R) is playing in his first pro stint out of college. Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

Barangay Ginebra taps Justin Brownlee as replacement import

Jul 18, 2016 - 4:13 PM

Brownlee a former St John s Red Storm player will replace the injured Paul Harris for the Governors Cup

NEW GIN KING. Justin Brownlee, seen during his days with St John's University, will take over for the injured Paul Harris. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images/AFP

DTI chief downplays Hague ruling impact on trade

Jul 15, 2016 - 4:46 PM

Safe to say there s no immediate impact says Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez Maybe [trade with China] will even grow stronger

POLICY PAPER. Pamphlets titled 'Facts and Policy; The China-Philippine Dispute in the South China Sea' and the policy paper on China's position on the ruling of an international tribunal on the South China Sea are seen beside a reporter during a press conference in Beijing, China on July 13. Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

EU to use 'all defenses' against China steel exports – Juncker

Jul 14, 2016 - 12:15 AM

The EU will defend its steel industry We are not defenseless and we will use all the means at our disposal says European Commission head Jean Claude Juncker while in Beijing

BOC chief: Release problem-free shipments in 5 hours

Jul 07, 2016 - 3:40 PM

As long as all their documents are okay I can t imagine why it can t be released within 5 hours Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon tells the Bureau of Customs

MANILA PORT. A view of the Manila International Container Terminal. Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon wants the Bureau of Customs to speed up the release of shipments to ease port congestion. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

PH imports up 29% in April 2016

Jun 26, 2016 - 8:24 PM

Among selected Asian economies only the Philippines and Vietnam post positive growth in imports growth for April says NEDA

Ombudsman investigates Alcala for garlic cartel scam

Jun 15, 2016 - 12:05 PM

The Ombudsman s Field Investigation Office says that as agriculture secretary Proceso Alcala had direct supervision of the Bureau of Plant Industry which issued numerous garlic import permits